By Clark Judge
(July 23, 2022) —The Killingworth Ambulance Association will hold its first “Stop the Bleed” class of 2022 on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the KAA’s Route 81 headquarters. The course, which begins at noon, is free and open to all persons 12 years and older.
The class typically lasts one to one-and-a-half hours, with participants required to wear protective face masks. All those interested are asked to complete RSVP forms available on the Killingworth Ambulance Association website ( RSVP – Killingworth Ambulance Association) or in the “Classes” section on the site’s pull-down menu.
“Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide awareness campaign (STOP THE BLEED – Save a Life | Stop The Bleed) launched in 2015 by the White House and Department of Homeland Security. It is designed to empower bystanders with the training to deal with traumatic events and emergency bleeding situations before help arrives.
Its value was underscored in October, 2019, when a state trooper responding to an accident at Middletown’s Vinal Technical High School implemented a “Stop the Bleed” kit to treat what was called “a catastrophic injury” involving profuse bleeding. Officials later said quick thinking by the state trooper may have saved the victim’s life.
The KAA first offered “Stop the Bleed” classes in July, 2017, making Killingworth the first Connecticut town to have its citizens certified. Since then, it has conducted 23 classes and had “Stop the Bleed” stations” installed at the Killingworth Public Library and Town Hall.
For more information, log on to killingworthambulance.org or contact the Killingworth Ambulance Association at (860) 663-2450.